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Karen Donatelli Bakery and Cafe

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57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
+1 828-225-5751
Sun 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Thu 10:00 - 19:00
Fri - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever friends or relatives pop in to visit us here in Asheville, we always bring them to Karen Donatelli's. Simply the best ...... better than all the rest! That's not only the best food, but the family and staff are the best as well! Love you guys! 😍🍰🎂

1 Thank BadNews1320
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family came from far and wide to visit Asheville and celebrate a special birthday. I ordered the Italian Zuccato cake. It was far beyond my expectations! It was so beautiful, no one wanted to cut into this masterpiece. But....it WAS a birthday, after all. Oh, man - it was soooo delicious. A beautiful and tasty surprise for my wife... More 

1 Thank davidesullivan
Nashville, Tennessee
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101 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

After having lunch and doing some walking around the downtown area, playing tourist, we came upon this spot in downtown. One look in the window and we decided that we had to stop here for some dessert. The fruit tarts and many other pastries are incredible looking and incredibly tasty. It is a charming little place to sit inside and... More 

1 Thank dexter590
Orlando, Florida
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on a rainy Friday afternoon and found it to be a delightful, high quality bakery and cafe. Wish I could transplant it in my home town!

1 Thank Christy D
Jacksonville, Florida
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

What a treat to have breakfast at Karen Donatelli's bakery. The best croissants in the USA----felt like I was in a French bakery. The desserts looked amazing and next time I am in Asheville I will have lunch here. My husband loved the coffee. We met Karen and she was delightful ! Be sure and stop here next time you... More 

1 Thank kelley56green
Atlanta, Georgia
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Nothing not to love! You must add Karen Donatelli's to your list of must do events while in Asheville. I had heard about it for several years. It easily lived up to its reputation. Great for breakfast items, cakes, cookies, pastries and tarts. We were there to pick up some desert items. Everything we tried was excellent, especially the chocolate... More 

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asheville, nc
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230 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I love their coissants, light, flaky, lots of butter. Once I was disappointed because it was stale and I was overcharged, but many other times I have been delighted. There are lots of lovely sweet treats that I avoid for the calories, but they look just as tasty as what I order.

1 Thank contradancer
Atlanta, Georgia
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111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I stopped by twice, first was a reconnaissance trip, since I had heard of the shop and happened to be walking past. I got a chocolate chip cookie with nuts. At 3.75 for one cookie, it was a little pricey and I did not think it was that special. Stop two - we got something that looked like a mini-croque-en-bouche,... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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120 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

It was breakfast time; we had no idea where we'd eat. I noticed the bookstore I visited last year; then noticed this bakery. We decided to eat here before going into the bookstore. Mmmmm! We split two croissants: spinach and almond. Shortly after we sat down, we noticed the croissants disappear from the glass case. Other people had ordered them.... More 

1 Thank bmc007
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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79 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

This bakery/coffee shop can't be beat. The pastry's are art pieces. The owner/ baker is a wonderful friendly person. I have traveled extensively in Europe and the USA. I rank this place as Number One!

1 Thank JerryD304

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$10
Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Mountains  >  Asheville
  • Phone Number: +1 828-225-5751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?